If you are having ongoing sleep problems, consider whether you may be
under a lot of stress. Stress is a normal part of everyday life, but an
increase in stress can cause physical and emotional problems. Symptoms of
Problems sleeping or a change in your sleep
Headache, stiff neck, or nagging
Rapid breathing or rapid heart rate.
to concentrate, to remember, or to make decisions.
Changes in life's expectations or demands may lead to stress. Changes
in marriage or other relationships, work, financial problems, or family
obligations all may increase stress. It is important to evaluate all aspects of
your life, because stress can build up over time. If you think that stress is
causing your sleep problems, work with your doctor to develop a
plan to reduce your stress level and promote sleep.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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